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FEMS Yeast Res. 2004 May;4(7):731-5.

Incorporation of Sed1p into the cell wall of Saccharomyces cerevisiae involves KRE6.

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Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK.


KRE6 (YPR159W) encodes a Golgi membrane protein required for normal beta-1,6-glucan levels in the cell wall. A functional Kre6p is necessary for cell wall protein accumulation in response to changing metabolic conditions. The product of the SED1 (YDR077W) gene is a stress-induced GPI-cell wall protein. Successful incorporation of HA-tagged Sed1p into the cell wall involves KRE6. The double-mutant sed1 kre6 has a reduced growth rate, increased flocculation and increased sensitivity to Zymolyase. A similar phenotype is found in mutants defective in glycosyl-phosphatidyl-insositol (GPI) anchor assembly. These findings support the theory that Kre6p could function as a transglucosylase that allows the incorporation of proteins with a GPI anchor into the cell wall.

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